THE restoration of historic Emmaville cottage is one step further with more work carried out at the weekend and the events captured by an ABC film crew for a program to be aired next year.
President of the Rotary Club of Orange Len Banks said the verandahs on the house have been removed this week and other progress in the last few weeks includes the cleaning and restoration of bricks used in the chimney and the re-rolling of the corrugated iron for the roof.
The Rotary Club of Orange has been instrumental in co-ordinating the project and on Saturday hosted a free barbecue for workers and members of the public who are interested in the progress of the restoration.
Mr Banks said the house may or may not have been the place where young Banjo Paterson spent the first weeks or months of his life but still has historical significance.
“But when you look at it whether or not Banjo Paterson lived in this house it was within the boundaries of the Narrambla Estate and he was on the property at the same time this house was in use,” he said.
Mr Banks said although the building without its verandahs may appear small the outbuildings such as a wash room and other amenities would be been separate areas.
Fellow Rotarian Mick Doyle who guided the project through its early stages when he was president of the club last year said it will be an exciting event for Orange when the restoration is complete in time for the Banjo Paterson Festival next year to run from February 7 - 17.
“This will be an iconic building for Orange,” he said.